Preaching in Pictures

Preaching in Pictures

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The preachersa€™ words are meant to connect, to resonate with and influence hearers. Too often, sermons fall short. Preaching in Pictures: Using Images for Sermons that Connect shows how to choose, use, and illustrate a controlling image in every sermon. Readers learn how one effective image can cause the proclaimed word to sink in and transform the listener. Peter Jonker helps readers to build skill and confidence, with practical instruction, examples, and straightforward teaching. a€œGood preaching isna€™t just the dissemination of information; it is a conduit of Spirit-empowered formation. Such formative preaching doesna€™t convince the intellect; it captures the imagination. A controlling image has the power to do just thisa€”to capture the imagination. Peter Jonker invites preachers to understand and to effectively use controlling images for formation of the hearer. This great book is erudite and accessible, theoretically grounded and yet intensely practical, complete with exercises. Ia€™ll be pointing preachers to it from now on.a€ --James K.A. Smith, author of Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation a€œPreaching in Pictures opened eyes of my imagination. I cana€™t wait to write my next sermon.a€ --Heidi DeJonge Pastor, Westside Fellowship Christian Reformed Church, Kingston, Ontario a€œPeter Jonker offers preachers practical ways to connect the gospel in the hearts of listeners, with a wealth of helpful examples. This is a fresh and welcome perspective, just the book for preachers whose sermons have reached their shelf life and are in need of new energy.a€ --John Michael Rottman, Professor of Preaching Calvin Theological Seminary a€œSane, balanced, assured--but also strikingly insightful--Peter Jonker's writing is a sheer gift to anyone interested in eventful preaching. Every page is worth pondering. Jonker writes with great verve and authority.a€ --Cornelius Plantinga, Jr., Author of Reading for Preaching: The Preacher in Conversation with Storytellers, Biographers, Poets, and JournalistsAre we, by all our human craft, edging the Holy Spirit out of the picture? This is a ... At least one of the lessons learned in the parable of the talents (Matt 25:1430) is that God wants us to use our gifts and skills so that the kingdom might be built.

Title:Preaching in Pictures
Author:Peter Jonker
Publisher:Abingdon Press - 2015-05-19


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